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Professional Administrator License Program

This 19-credit advanced administrator license program is designed for educators who already possess an Oregon (Preliminary Administrator) or Washington (Initial Principal or Program Administrator) License and have the requisite years of administrative experience* and desire to continue their careers in building positions or prepare for district-level administrative posts. All administrators must earn this second tier of licensure. Completion of this program enables candidates to apply for the Oregon Professional Administrator License (Pro-AL). Concordia also has licensure reciprocity with Washington.

The Pro-AL program complies with the TSPC requirement that all candidates must complete a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree in order to be eligible for the Professional Administrator License. The TSPC standards, as outlined in the most recent OARs, are central to Concordia University’s Professional Administrator Licensure program goals and objectives and are specifically designed to enable administrators to demonstrate the advanced competencies required for the professional license. Administrators will demonstrate the district level competencies as they proceed through the program.

* Note: Candidates must have worked for three years under a Pre-AL license in accredited public or private school systems as an administrator before being able to proceed to the 280-hour district-level practicum, complete the Pro-AL program, and then apply for the Pro-AL license. Applicants with less than three years may be conditionally admitted to the Pro-AL program. Pre-AL license holders must complete the Pro-AL program within six years of obtaining the Pre-AL license, which is two renewal periods of three years each. At least six credits must be taken to renew the Pre-AL license.

Note: TSPC has recently approved a redesigned system of preparing and licensing school and district administrators in Oregon. Learn more about the TSPC Oregon Administrator License Redesign.

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Professional Administrator License Program Objectives

Concordia’s Professional Administrator License program objectives are aligned with the six Oregon Administrator Competencies and the eight National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) district-level standards:

Oregon Administrator Competencies

1 – Visionary Leadership
2 – Instructional Improvement
3 – Effective Management
4 – Inclusive Practice
5 – Ethical Leadership
6 – Socio-political Context
Required 280-hour district-level practicum

NELP Building Level Standards 2016

1: Mission, Vision, and Core Values
4: Instructional Leadership
6: Management of People, Data, and Processes
3: Equity and Cultural Leadership
2: Ethics and Professionalism
5, 7: Community and External Leadership; Policy, Governance and Advocacy
8: Internship and Clinical Practice


Professional Administrator License Program (19 Credit Hours)

  • EDGR 500 - Professional Planning Seminar (1)
  • EDAD 573 - Equity, Access and Issues in School Law (3)
  • EDAD 578 - Social, Political and Cultural Issues (3)
  • EDAD 672 - Communication and Conflict Management (3)
  • EDAD 652 - District-Level Practicum (3) (Prerequisite: EDGR 500)

Select two from the following (6):

  • EDAD 560 - Human and Financial Resources (3)
  • EDGR 606 - Using Data to Improve Student Achievement (3)
  • EDGR 609 - Strategies for Enhancing Achievement for All Students (3)
  • EDGR 608 - Learning Forward: Using Performance Assessment to Improve Student Learning (3)

Coursework taken in the Preliminary Administrator License certificate program (formally Initial Administrative License, IAL) program, or their equivalents, will not be considered eligible for your Certificate-Professional Administrative program of study (e.g., EDAD 560).

Courses can be taken on campus, online, or as a combination of on campus and online.

Out-of-State Applicants

Out-of-state Oregon administrator license applicants are required by TSPC to take Oregon law and finance courses, in addition to passing a civil rights examination. EDAD 560 and EDAD 573 fulfill these course requirements for out-of-state Pro-AL candidates.

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LORI SANCHEZ, Master of Education Program Director, College of Education

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Graduate Certificate in Professional Administrator License Certificate Program Length: 64 weeks

Students graduating on time: N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 64 weeks

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

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